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  Rush Barton Supportive Living Facility, Page 50Rush Barton Supportive Living Facility
Architect 
Mann, Gin, Dubin & Frazier, LTD., 200 South Michigan Avenue, #1220, Chicago, IL 60604


Location: 
Chicago, Illinois
Total Square Feet: 82,850
Construction Period: Nov 1999 to Dec 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: BABCO Construction, Inc. - 1723 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202
Structural Engineer: Alta Engineering, Ltd. - 5005 Newport Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Khatib & Associates, Inc. - 111 North Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60606


The Rush Barton Supportive Living Facility embodies the forefront of senior living. The facility opened its doors in January of 2001. Designed by the architectural firm of Mann, Gin, Dubin & Frazier, Ltd., the building is the result of a joint venture between Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and Northfield based Barton Senior Care L.L.C. This residence is the first of it's kind in the City of Chicago; a senior care facility developed expressly to serve low income seniors.

The solid looking building stands in the middle of a 1.5 acre site just southwest of downtown Chicago. With the CTA running trains just east of the property and the main thoroughfare of Roosevelt Road 1.5 blocks north, transportation to and from is easily navigable. The site boasts parking for 38 cars, wrought iron and masonry fencing surrounding fully landscaped grounds, and a quarter acre courtyard with concrete patios and a gazebo to allow early morning sun gazing. 

On the interior, the facility offers amenities including complete kitchen and dining room, a skylit solarium, four TV lounges, a library, a chapel, and activity room, wellness center, hair salon, 24-hour security services, and great views of the surrounding neighborhood and downtown area. Each of the 139 apartments (133 studios and 6 two-bedroom units) includes kitchenette, bathrooms designed for accessibility, and an emergency alert system.

The construction of this facility began in November of 1999 and took 14 months to complete. The base of the building consists of shallow concrete foundation walls atop spread footings. Above ground, the building's bulk is created from load bearing masonry block walls with multicolored brick skin. Openings for the fully operational, double-hung windows punch the brick facade. Precast concrete planks provide the structural floor plates. The majority of the building is heated and cooled through the use of baseboard radiation and through-wall air conditioning units. Rooftop air handling units supplement this system in the larger, public spaces.

This project highlights BABCO Construction's devotion to the senior care/living industry, and illustrates their ability and continued success in providing unique facilities in a wide range of markets.

Manufacturers/Suppliers
Roof - Metal: Berridge Manufacturing; EPDM & Accessories: Firestone; Ice & Snow Guards: Sno-Gem; Skylights: Major Industries.
Floors - Resilient: Armstrong.
Interior Walls - Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: Steelcraft; Hardware: Arrow, Dorma, PBB Hinges; Bi-Folding Doors: Magiglide, Inc.; Folding Partitions: Hufcor.
Elevators - Schindler.
 


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